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Looking for a new house? Who will be working in your corner to find that perfect place you’ll want to call home? How about a vacation place where you can get away from the norm and find some relaxing ‘down’ time or fun filled activities? Our Real Estate Participants are some of the best around! They enjoy what they do and they really enjoy helping you find that special place.

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What happens when the outside walls crack and become dull from all the snow and ice we’ve had this year? Our Home Service page lists our participants that can help beautify your home and even help you out in an emergency.

Corporate Editor Kim Lisi Kim@lifeandhomes.com

Are you in over your head and need a way to put things in their perspective? We have participants who can give you sound legal advice and help guide Al Fox , RMC you with Real Estate and Estate Planning and Financial advice.

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The past two months have been an eye opener for me in the Real Estate Marketing arena. January and February have traditionally been slow times for selling houses. And it was the same thing this year. It’s not that we don’t think about buying and selling houses, it’s just that we take the time to reflect on where we are with our lives after the holiday season. We are not physically active in real estate but we are mentally active. Real Estate is not something that we tend to jump into and it takes more time to plan than buying that other big ticket item – your car. But even though it is a slow time I see people in all areas who have a very positive outlook for the rest of the year. Those working in grocery stores and pizza shops are all looking for a great year. Those who have seasonal type work such as landscapers and builders expect this to be a good year. And yes, being in the real estate marketing business I too feel this will be a great year for all of us. So welcome once again to LifeandHomes™ Montgomery County PA. Enjoy the magazine and articles we present to you. Our county is a great place to “Live, Work, Grow, and Play”.

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Don’t Be

“Fuelish”

With Your Lawn Mower Care

When it comes to getting the most from a lawn mower or other power equipment, using the wrong blend of fuel or skipping off-season maintenance just won’t cut it. The fuel blends and ethanol percentages that may be right for cars—an ethanol concentration greater than 10 percent—are not recommended for power equipment or marine engines.

newsShorts Monte Carlo Grand Prix, Cannes Film Festival, Carnaval, The Olympics, Melbourne Cup, Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival and more. With 190 residences available for purchase, ranging from the spacious two-bedroom Olympian Estates to the ultra-luxurious 6,500-square foot Utopian Estates. Billed as the the most opulent residential ocean liner ever built, services include professional chefs, caterers, private elevators and customizable floor plans. Utopia prices range from $3.8 Million for a 1,400-square-foot condo to $24 million for a 6,600-square-foot “estate”. It’s also reported there will be a single 40,000-square-foot home that will be priced at $160 Million. For more information, visit www.utopiaresidences.com.

Also, any fuel blend stored in an unused engine may degrade over time and harm small engines. That’s why, experts say, it’s a good idea for consumers to take lawn mowers and other power products to an authorized dealer at the end of each season. “This is a good way to allow a trained professional to properly dispose of unused fuel and ensure the product is ready for next season,” said Mike Rudolph, senior manager, Honda Engines. Consumers can also use fuel stabilizer when not using an engine for more than 30 days. To learn more, visit the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute at www.opei.org. (NAPSI)

Finally, define the areas in your abode and consider furniture that fits the scale of the room. An accessory such as a mirror can become the focal point of a room. It also adds dimension by reflecting natural and artificial light. To find out how you can create your own unique storage and organization solutions, visit www. closetmaid.com or call (800) 874-0008. (NAPSI)

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Legend Pat Boone recently acquired a luxury estate on board the new residential ocean liner, the Utopia. The ocean liner will circumnavigate the globe and visit cities hosting events such as the

Today, many new homes and apartments are designed smaller with affordability in mind, as Americans cut back on everything from personal spending to the size of their homes. Several recent studies from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) indicate that the days of the “McMansion” are over, as consumers look to downsize.

An overdecorated small space can look cramped, so cut the clutter. If you can’t get rid of it, hide it by supplementing the furnishings you already own with pieces that double as storage. Built-in seating in the dining room can add much-needed storage while accommodating extra dinner guests. Affordable and stylish options include ClosetMaid Cubeicals®, which come in 2-, 6-, 8- and 9-square designs. They can be placed under the window or used as a side table by the couch and even as a mini entertaining area.

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From sky-rise lofts to tiny-size apartments, there are innovative and ingenious ways to get the most out of your space with organizational solutions that beat those small-space blues.

Fortunately, you can maximize the living space you have by converting special-use rooms into highly functional rooms that can be used frequently, such as a mudroom, multipurpose living room or an outdoor living space. Don’t forget about those unused nooks and crannies, which can be ideal areas for adding extra storage space. For example, an underutilized alcove can be turned into a customized reach-in closet with a ClosetMaid® do-it-yourself laminate system.

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In fact, the average size of new single-family homes in America is now about 2,438 square feet and 46 percent of first-time homebuyers purchased homes smaller than 1,500 square feet, according to the NAHB. As homes continue to shrink in size, storage becomes a real challenge.


Quick And Easy Steps To Protect Your Gear While the weather can wreak havoc on homes and yards, with the right tools, homeowners can easily and quickly protect and maintain their houses and their gear, even under the worst conditions. The first step is to have the right tools, such as a silicone spray to provide a slick coat of protection for your gear, repel water and inhibit rust. In the garden and yard, you can spray it: • On shovels and garden tools to keep dirt or snow from sticking; • To protect and waterproof lawn ornaments and outdoor wood benches; • On bird feeder poles to keep squirrels and other varmints from climbing up them.

newsShorts National Do Not Call Registry Accepts Cell & Home Phone Numbers The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home or on your mobile phone. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at www. donotcall.com. You can register your home or mobile phone for free. Telephone numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008. You can add your home and/or mobile phone number to the registry two ways: online at www.donotcall.com or by calling 1-888-3821222 from the phone number you wish to verify.

Outside and around the house, it can: • Prevent moisture buildup in outdoor outlets; • Keep doorbells from sticking.

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Homeowners can also save time hunting down solutions to DIY and home improvement questions with the handy “Solution Finder” search box and HowTo instructional videos at www.liquidwrench.com. They can also get instant product uses on their mobile phones by texting a code provided on the cans. Another helpful resource is the Home 101 section at www.lowes.com, where they can find home upkeep project ideas and tips to help protect their homes inside and out. Liquid Wrench offers six different kinds of penetrants and lubricants. They’re all available nationwide, including in a handy sample sixpack at Lowe’s and other major retailers. Visit www.liquidwrench.com for more information. (NAPSI) 4

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Living In a

Dust Bowl?

Dust comes from several sources and is difficult to eliminate completely. Increased dust could be a sign that it is time to change a dirty furnace or air conditioner filter or vacuum cleaner bag. Activities that produce dust (such as sanding) can also be a source of an increase. Dust can also be introduced into your home through air leaks in ducts, or air infiltration through leaky doors and windows. To help reduce the amount of dust in your home, take the following steps: Change or clean your furnace and air conditioner filters once a month or according to the filter

manufacturer’s instructions. Temporarily seal the filter in place with metal-back duct tape. Write the date on the tape with a marker so your know when it was last changed. Your clothes dryer should be vented directly to the outside. Inspect the vent duct. Make sure it is attached securely to the dryer. Check that it is clear of obstructions (e.g. lint). Check for holes that leak air. If vent duct is damaged replace it with a metal duct. The vent duct should be cleaned at least once a year. Consider leaving your shoes at the door so you don’t track outside debris-often the largest source of dust -into your house. Sealing air leaks can help to reduce air infiltration that could be a source of dust. Sealing duct air leaks, especially the return duct, can help prevent dust from being circulated throughout your house. (Energystar.gov)

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Main Line Phoenixville Phoenixville

$889,000

55 Diamond Rock Rd The curb appeal of this exceptional colonial begins with the circular driveway. As you enter through the Grand center hall you will begin to realize this home offers every conceivable amenity in a tranquil, beautifully landscaped setting. This home was designed by McIntyre & Capron Architects and built by the fantastic Manchester Hall Builders.

Phoenixville

$179,000

416 Heckle St Townhouse Living at it’s Best! Close togrowing downtown with great places to shop and eat. This TH has a Large Living Room with Fireplace and large Dining area. Sliders off the dining room open onto a 10 X 10 covered patio overlooking a fenced yard - perfect for summertime cook-outs! Off-street Parking for 2 cars.

Phoenixville

$129,900

37 Franklin Ave Must See Charming 3Br Starter Home In Excellent Condition. Beautiful Restored Wood Trim, Thermopane Windows, Sun Room W/Garden Window. New Carpet And Vinyl Flooring. Low Maintenance. Gas H/W Heat, Very Low Utility Cost. Walk To Historic Arts and Entertainment Downtown District And Public Transportation. Why pay condo fees?

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Cost Effective Ways to Boost

Curb Appeal Anyone who's ever bought, sold or even just looked at a house can tell you first impressions matter. A house can be filled to the rafters with luxury touches, but if it lacks curb appeal, few potential buyers will ever step in the door to see what's inside.

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With real estate sales still sluggish across the country, curb appeal is taking on a new meaning for many homeowners. While an attractive home exterior can still boost potential resale value, homeowners are also looking at curb appeal as a way to enhance the enjoyment of their homes. Giving the exterior of their home a facelift not only makes the house stand out on the street, it also allows homeowners to "move up" without the expense of remodeling or moving. Fortunately, many curb appeal-enhancing projects can be cost-effective too, yielding significant improvements for a modest investment.

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* Make small improvements that have a big impact. Simple touches like repainting the front door, window trim and shutters, planting flowers, and switching outdated light fixtures can create a whole new look. Plus, these simple improvements have the advantage of being scalable. Instead of re-siding the entire house, you can freshen the facade by tackling smaller portions, such as a porch or garage. Later, if you want to continue the improvement, you can re-side other areas of the facade. * Choose materials that are durable and stylish. Skimping on materials may seem like a great way to save money, but you could end up spending more in the long run if you have to redo a job that was first done with lower quality materials. Purchase the best quality materials you can afford - not only will they look better than cheaper goods, they'll last longer and provide more enjoyment and value. * Dress up the exterior with accents. Adding touches like accents to gables, posts and beams, drain chains in place of downspouts or planter boxes made with beautiful, sustainable materials like Western Red Cedar is a great way to improve curb appeal while stretching your budget. Quality materials retain their beauty over time better than cheaper materials. * Illuminate. Light is a powerful accent, and, thanks to the availability of easy-to-install solar lights, you don't need to pay a professional

to light your landscape. Solar lights - readily available in home improvement stores - provide decorative illumination to driveways, walkways and gardens. * Introduce shade. Arbors and trellises adorned with flowering vines are not only beautiful in warm months; they're a great way to add areas of shade to your landscape. They can even be used to block the scorching heat from the afternoon sun from parts of your home's interior. Building an arbor or trellis is well within the capabilities of most do-it-yourselfers. For free ideas and plans, visit www.wrcla.org. * Add a splash of color to your landscape with low-maintenance plantings that require little attention. As an added "green" step, consider plants that require less water, too. Your local home extension office can help you identify what types of plants will grow best in your region. * Think "green." Whenever possible, choose materials that are truly sustainable, like Western Red Cedar. Sustainable materials are ones that have been harvested and/or manufactured through methods designed to reduce their impact on the environment. "Natural, long-lasting materials, like real wood, return beauty, durability and value," Clement says. (ARA)


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Conshohocken

$239,900

$384,000

331 East 7th Avenue

529 Winthrop Road

Renovated brick/vinyl end row conveniently located in the Boro of Conshohocken. Off street parking for two cars, and fenced back yard area.Low maintenance brick exterior, new high efficiency replacement windows, fresh paint and new carpets throughout. New fixtures in the main bath, with new HVAC! Great open floor plan!

Family Room Fireplace, Gas/Propane, Walk Up Attic, Eat In Kitchen, Fully Carpeted, Tile/Brick Flooring, Vinyl Flooring, BayWindow, CableTVWired, Main Floor Laundry, Full Bath-Master Bedroom, Walk In Closet Master Bedroom, Electric Cooking, Half Bath on Main Floor, 2 Full Baths on Upper Floor, all Bedrooms on Upper Floor. Fencing, Street Lights, Deck.

Broomall

Dowingtown

$799,900

$169,900

8 Katelyns Way

3728 Norwood Avenue

Rare, spectacular executive estate in Marple-Newtown Schools. Circular drive up to this magnificent property. Step into a large welcoming foyer and sumptous kitchen equipped with granite counters and island,42” cherry cabinets with finish trim and a complete appliance package that flows nicely into a sunny breakfast area with sliders to the 35 x 27’ deck.

Huge price reduction of $10,000 to a great price of $169,900...Warm and inviting cape on a quiet street in Caln Township....gleaming hardwoods, great trim work throughout the house, large living spaces, 6 bedrooms (possible) 1 full bath, with a potential for two...upstairs laundry. This home has the potential to be magnificent.

Schwenksville

Pottstown

$349,900

$259,900

108 Game Farm Road

97 North Savanna Drive

Bucolic stone farmhouse on seven acres in Lower Frederick Township. The farmhouse has been lovingly maintained with rare red pine flooring throughout, and wide rounded window sills to add charm and character. Full bath and laundry on the main level, eat in kitchen with gas cooking, newer wood cabinetry, dishwasher, 2 refrigerators and side door to brick patio.

One of the largest townhouse models that Ryan Homes offers! And, an end unit! 2 car garage with extended drive..beautifully, professionally landscaped property showcasing a pergola, complete with an upper Trex deck and a lower patio ready for your hot tub! This is the life! The space is comfortable and great for entertaining.

Douglassville

Malvern

$60,000

$429,000

30 N Main St

24 Duffryn Avenue

Heating Features Electric Exterior Construction Vinyl Siding, Slab Roofing Pitched Roof, Shingle Roof Interior Features Breakfast Room, Fully Carpeted, Vinyl Flooring, CableTVWired, Main Floor Laundry, Electric Cooking, Bedroom 2 is 11x10, 1 Full Bath on Main Floor, Master Bedroom is on Main Level, Second Bedroom is on Main Level.

The construction is finished. It’s time to move into this great home in time for the school year in Great Valley School District! The Reserve is right behind the house! Price reduction to $429K... Looking for beautiful new construction in Malvern, with the character, charm, and solid construction of an older home. Price Reduction of over $50,000!

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There Are Still

Great Reasons To Buy A Home In spite of the economic climate that most of the country is dealing with today, there are still a lot of good reasons to buy a home. Regardless to the state of the economy, the prospect

Currently the market is saturated with houses for sale making it a buyers market. Price tags on many have decreased considerably over the last several years. If you buy now, you will likely find a great deal on the house of your dreams. If you choose to negotiate you might find you can get a better deal.

Not everyone realizes this, but you can deduct the interest that you are paying on your mortgage from your income taxes. The tax breaks that you will probably get as a homeowner usually greatly outweigh the taxes you will pay as a renter.

This is only a few of the reasons to buy a home right now if you can. Eventually the economy will stabilize again and some of these opportunities will be gone. Home ownership can be a very rewarding experience. If you can afford to realize the dream right now, then you should. By Elaine Daniel - to begin looking for Pickering homes, select a real estate agent that you feel you would be most comfortable visiting and who can help you find proper houses for sale in Pickering - visit www.corinneandmichael.com. (EzineArticles.com) www.Life and Homes .com

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Many times it is difficult to find rental properties. If you are looking to rent housing in some of the small towns, it can be nearly impossible to find a place. By owning your own property

Right now, there are thousands, even millions of properties to select from. This list continues to grow as banks look to eliminate properties that are in their possession due to foreclosure or because they simply did not sell.

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Another, and perhaps one of the biggest benefits is that once you buy the house, it is yours. You can paint it or remodel it in any fashion that you please. If you want to remove walls and add another bathroom, you can. Any remodeling you do that increases the value of the property will benefit you. When you rent, even if the landlord will allow you to paint or do some minor remodeling, it will be of benefit to them when you move out.

you can be rest assured that you will have a permanent place to live, without the threat of being asked to move.

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Interest rates are also historically low. As recent as 2 years ago they were at 6%. You might think that it would be beneficial to wait and see if these rates drop even lower, however by waiting you are taking the chance that they will instead rise. If this happens you will miss out on this opportunity that could be a once in a lifetime opportunity. By buying now you can enjoy the benefit of low rates and if they drop more, you can probably refinance your mortgage loan and be able to still get the lower rates.

of owning their own home is still a dream come true for many people. With the equity that you can build in your home, this is also a long term investment in your future.


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Open Market Listing Service™ Audubon

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$210,000

Collegeville

$179,900

Mary Bell Rd

827 Dewees

3 Bedrooms / 1.5 Baths

2 Bedrooms / 2.5 Baths

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42461

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Mary Beth Van Trieste • 610-805-0119

Peg Chism • 610-489-5900

Century 21 Alliance-Audubon Agent • c21marybeth@aol.com

Broomall

$799,900

RE/MAX Achievers, Inc. SRES, ALHS, CRS, ABR • pegchism@prodigy.net

Conshohocken

$239,900

8 Katelyns Way

331 East 7th Avenue

8 Bedrooms / 4.5 Baths

3 Bedrooms / 1.5 Baths

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42380

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Donna Marie Godfrey • 610-489-5900

Donna Marie Godfrey • 610-489-5900

RE/MAX Achievers, Inc. Associate Broker • dgodfrey@ptd.net

Collegeville

$384,000

RE/MAX Achievers, Inc. Associate Broker • dgodfrey@ptd.net

Douglassville

$60,000

529 Winthrop Road

30 N Main Street

4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Baths

2 Bedrooms / 1.0 Baths

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42383

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Donna Marie Godfrey • 610-489-5900

Donna Marie Godfrey • 610-489-5900

RE/MAX Achievers, Inc. Associate Broker • dgodfrey@ptd.net

Collegeville

$359,500

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Downingtown

$169,900

720 Twining Way

3728 Norwood Avenue

3 Bedrooms / 2.5 Baths

5 Bedrooms / 1.0 Baths

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42388

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Peg Chism • 610-489-5900

Donna Marie Godfrey • 610-489-5900

RE/MAX Achievers, Inc. SRES, ALHS, CRS, ABR • pegchism@prodigy.net

Collegeville

RE/MAX Achievers, Inc. Associate Broker • dgodfrey@ptd.net

$389,900

Eagleville

$525,000

346 Meadowview Dr

4016 Killington Ct,

4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Baths

4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Baths

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42393

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Peg Chism • 610-489-5900

Mary Beth Van Trieste • 610-805-0119

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Blue Ocean

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Wildwood

$209,900

This spacious first floor condo was constructed in 2005 and offers 2BR, 2BA, living room and dining area. QSN# 42537

N. Wildwood

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$449,000

Wildwood Crest $169,000

Wildwood

$764,900

Wildwood Crest $239,000

Beachblock Condominium with Spectac-

This Crest condo has been renovated inside & out. This is an oversized 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo w/ loft. Unit #4 QSN# 42541

This 6 unit complex located in N. Wild-

This spacious Crest townhouse is approximately 1600 sq. ft. and has been newly renovated. Unit #1 QSN# 42539

ular Oceanviews! 3 bed 2 bath furnished condo in a complex of only 5 units. QSN# 42533

Wildwood Crest $189,000

N. Wildwood

This spacious Crest condo/professional office is approximately 900 sq. ft. and has been newly renovated. Unit #3 QSN# 42540

This 3 story Victorian home is situated on a

$325,000

60x100 lot and offers 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, LR, formal DR, kitchen and breakfast nook.

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QSN# 42535

N. Wildwood

$499,000

Here’s your chance to own and operate a turnkey restaurant nestled on the highly traveled New Jersey Avenue! QSN# 42531

wood is a fabulous investment opportunity. A 90x100 parcel - 2 duplexes, 2 cottages.

QSN# 42529

N. Wildwood

$199,000

This top floor condo has had some recent renovations including a new kitchen, custom bathroom, and more! QSN# 42538

Wildwood

$399,900

This newly renovated condo consists of 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, fully equipped kitchen with granite tops, and more. QSN# 42534

Wildwood Crest $148,900

Wildwood Crest $567,500

BEACHFRONT CONDO - living room, galley kitchen, bathroom and private bedroom with 2 double beds. QSN# 42542

Great Investment Opportunity! This newly renovated 5 unit complex consists of two separate buildings. QSN# 42530

Colleen Wilson Broker Associate

Cell: (609) 602-2008 Email: colleen-wilson@comcast.net

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Vent-Free Gas Heat: The Clean, Green Choice Economy, style and safety. These are three reasons a growing number of homeowners are turning to clean, green, vent-free gas-heating products, which include heaters, logs, stoves, inserts and fireplaces. They provide sensible green heat to supplement the central HVAC system, saving money and energy while keeping homes warm and comfortable. All models operate on natural gas or propane and require no electricity–a special bonus during electrical power outages.

Economy Because they operate at 99 percent efficiency, vent-free gas-heating products are extraordinarily economical, delivering 99¢ worth of heat for every energy dollar spent. Vent-free gas appliances promote zone heating, focusing warmth where needed and saving more than 20 percent on energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Style Environmentally friendly, vent-free gas-heating products come in a wide variety of types, styles and colors, ranging from traditional to contemporary. Whatever your home’s decor, there’s one that’s perfect–at a surprisingly affordable price to purchase and install: as little as $400 for a heater, $500 for a log, $1,400 for a stove, $1,400 for an insert and $1,500 for a fireplace with a mantel. Plus, many homeowners find that adding a vent-free gas unit increases their home’s resale value.

Safety Designed to operate with your home’s natural ventilation system, energy-efficient, vent-free gas-heating products don’t need a chimney

Fox & Roach 653 Skippack Pike, Suite 200 Blue Bell, PA 19422

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and can be placed practically anywhere. Because these products have been sold in the U.S. for more than 30 years, they have an extensive, stellar safety record. All models are safety tested and assured by an independent certification agency. With a clean, green, vent-free gas appliance, you can enjoy the added comfort and security of knowing that you’ve made a safe, green choice for your family! Over 20 million American homes have vent-free gas heaters, logs, fireplaces, stoves or inserts. These savvy homeowners appreciate the economy, style and safety of sensible green heat. To learn more or to download a free copy of a consumer guide to vent-free products, visit www.ventfree.org. (NAPSI)

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Cell: 215-806-2836 Offering a Catalog of Professional Services.

Lower Gwynedd

$355,000 248 Towyn Ct - QSN #42467

Royersford

This rare, spacious and gracious end unit, located on a quiet cul-de-sac, offers the perfect blend of privacy and community. The large living and dining rooms are perfect for family gatherings and great entertaining. Beautifully renovated in 2003, the kitchen overlooks the family room which has a corner brick fireplace and French doors leading to an elegant, expanded brick, fenced-in patio.

Value, Value, Value! Why pay rent when you can invest in your future? 2 bedroom/1 bath, LR, DR, Kit. Mudroom, screened back porch. Easy commuting via Rt.422. Move-in condition. Row home without homeowner fees. Almost new carpeting and fresh paint. Neutral decor. Small backykard for a pet or garden. Front porch to relax after a busy day.

Norristown

$154,900 121 William Penn Dr - QSN #42468

Hatfield

Upon entering the building, this 2nd flr unit is well lit w/Skylight in the common Foyer and oversized windows encompassing the staircase. Spacious LR. To the back is the Eating Area/DR. Kit features new countertops, Pull out lower cab drawers, Gas Range, Built In Microwave & Dishwasher and new high end vinyl flr. Both bedrms are well proportioned with the Master.

Home situated very nicely towards the back of a culde-sac street (limited amount of traffic - ideal if one has little ones). The U-shaped Kitchen features raised panel, cathedral styled cabinetry, corian countertops, beamed ceiling and additional buffet/serving area. To the side of the Laundry area is a small separate 3 season room with Hot Tub.

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LifeandHomes.com Eagleville

Open Market Listing Service™ King of Prussia

$185,000

312 Winding Way

2 Bedrooms / 1.0 Baths

3 Bedrooms / 2.5 Baths

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42462

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42391

Mary Beth Van Trieste • 610-805-0119

Peg Chism • 610-489-5900

Century 21 Alliance-Audubon

RE/MAX Achievers, Inc.

Agent • c21marybeth@aol.com

Hatfield

SRES, ALHS, CRS, ABR • pegchism@prodigy.net

Lower Gwynedd

$319,900

248 Towyn Ct

4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Baths

3 Bedrooms / 2.0 Baths

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42470

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42467

Jay Peterman • 215-361-5965

Jay Peterman • 215-361-5965

Prudential Fox & Roach - Blue Bell

Associate Broker • Jgprealtor@aol.com

King of Prussia

Associate Broker • Jgprealtor@aol.com

Malvern

$165,000

$429,000

11316 Valley Forge Cir

24 Duffryn Avenue

2 Bedrooms / 2.0 Baths

3 Bedrooms / 2.5 Baths

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42463

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42386

Mary Beth Van Trieste • 610-805-0119

Donna Marie Godfrey • 610-489-5900

Century 21 Alliance-Audubon

RE/MAX Achievers, Inc.

Agent • c21marybeth@aol.com

King of Prussia

Associate Broker • dgodfrey@ptd.net

Norristown

$300,000

408 Anthony Road

618 Swede Street

4 Bedrooms / 1.5 Baths

Office Spavce Available

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42459

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42377

Mary Beth Van Trieste • 610-805-0119

Mark • 610-277-4868

Century 21 Alliance-Audubon

Mark Ryan

Agent • c21marybeth@aol.com

King of Prussia

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Norristown

$268,900

$154,900

313 Winding Way

121 William Penn Dr

3 Bedrooms / 2.5 Baths

2 Bedrooms / 2.0 Baths

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42387

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42468

Peg Chism • 610-489-5900

Jay Peterman • 215-361-5965

RE/MAX Achievers, Inc. Montgomery County, PA

$355,000

1610 Hedgewood Rd

Prudential Fox & Roach - Blue Bell

Prudential Fox & Roach - Blue Bell

SRES, ALHS, CRS, ABR • pegchism@prodigy.net

Associate Broker • Jgprealtor@aol.com

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$499,000

Phoenixville

$129,900

100 E 6th Avenue

37 Franklin Ave

Commercial

3 Bedrooms / 1.0 Baths

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42531

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Colleen Wilson • 609-522-4400

Michael Brango • 610-935-3200

Blue Ocean Realty

Broker Associate • colleen-wilson@comcast.net

North Wildwood

$325,000

RE/MAX Main Line-Phoenixville Realtor • mbrango@gmail.com

Phoenixville

$889,000

107 W 23rd Avenue

55 Diamond Rock Rd

3 Bedrooms / 1.5 Baths

6 Bedrooms / 4.5 Baths

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42535

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42370

Colleen Wilson • 609-522-4400

Michael Brango • 610-935-3200

Blue Ocean Realty

Broker Associate • colleen-wilson@comcast.net

North Wildwood

$449,000

RE/MAX Main Line-Phoenixville Realtor • mbrango@gmail.com

Pottsgrove

$179,900

507 E 7th Avenue

427 & 429 W. Race St.

3 Bedrooms / 2.0 Baths

3 Bedrooms / 2.0 Baths

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42533

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Colleen Wilson • 609-522-4400

Peg Chism • 610-489-5900

Blue Ocean Realty

Broker Associate • colleen-wilson@comcast.net

North Wildwood

RE/MAX Achievers, Inc. SRES, ALHS, CRS, ABR • pegchism@prodigy.net

$199,000 200 E Marina Court, Unit B6

Pottstown

1 Bedrooms / 1.0 Baths

3 Bedrooms / 2.5 Baths

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42538

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Colleen Wilson • 609-522-4400

Donna Marie Godfrey • 610-489-5900

Blue Ocean Realty

Broker Associate • colleen-wilson@comcast.net

Phoenixville

$179,000

$259,900

97 North Savanna Drive

RE/MAX Achievers, Inc. Associate Broker • dgodfrey@ptd.net

Pottstown

$88,000

416 Heckle St

620 N. Manatawny St. #4

3 Bedrooms / 2.5 Baths

2 Bedrooms / 1.0 Baths

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42369

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Peg Chism • 610-489-5900

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How to Make Your Deck an Outdoor Living Room Nothing beats relaxing in the shade or entertaining a group of guests on your own private deck. When you take the time to plan your deck for the way you live, the result can be a versatile living space and a value-boosting addition to your home.

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Trent Boozer, publisher of Extreme How-To magazine, notes his readers have made it clear that decks are one of the top projects they love to design and build. The Internet is full of deck plans and planning tools - and with the range of decking products and accessories on the market, every deck can take on a personality of its own, he says. Personalization is what makes the deck an extension of the home, says Rick Preble of Deckorators, the leading deck accessory brand that embraces the concept of deck personalization. "The idea of an outdoor living room has really materialized as people have reattached to their existing homes," says Preble. A costeffective way to add square footage and upgrade your lifestyle without moving is with a deck. With all the deck products and accessories available today, homeowners can customize their outdoor rooms." Deckorators has made the process of mixing and matching different deck accessories and 16

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building materials easy with a new, easy-touse online design program: the Deckorators' Deck Visualizer. The online tool is free and provides homeowners a way to visually discover the different design options they like best for personalizing a deck. The Deck Visualizer allows the user to set the virtual deck environment to a lake or backyard view and then change the deck accessories for limitless combinations. Users can select the color or grain of composite or wood decking, select the style of metal or even glass balusters, add baluster infill centerpieces, change railing colors, and add post caps, lighting options and even stone. "This deck design program is fun for homeowners to use and is a great tool for deck planning," says Preble. "We work with hundreds of deck builders, and they appreciate having this when working with clients. It allows both consumers and deck builders to visualize different options and choose deck products prior to constructing a deck."

The North American Deck and Railing Association website (nadra.org) is another good place for consumers to start when gathering information for a deck build. The organization has a large gallery of photographs of decks that have received national awards for design or construction. Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA, says consumers are definitely hungry for deck design ideas and information on new products. NADRA offers resources to help consumers with deck and rail design and deck safety. The organization's website also provides access to more than 1,750 different building products companies. Homeowners who want to build or who are renovating an existing deck will find new trends for 2011. One material making its move onto decks is stone. Deckorators cast stone Postcovers, which install over rail posts, are one new product in high demand. The postcovers provide the same look and feel as natural stone columns, but


are designed to install over basic wood posts. Postcovers are hand-painted to look like cobblestone, fieldstone or stacked stone. The simulated product costs far less than real masonry work and makes it possible for doit-yourselfers or contractors to add simulated stone columns to a deck. "Stone or simulated stone on a deck has become possible with new products, and it's another example of interior design trends and the mixing of various elements making their way to outdoor living areas," Preble says. Experts agree that putting the time into planning your deck up front and knowing what your product options are is the best way to ensure you end up with a space your family will embrace as a true outdoor living room. (ARA)

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$165,000

408 Anthony Road - WOW - what a great price for this 4 bedroom split. Newer windows, newer roof, newer a/c and heater. Perfect location as it is close to 202, 76, 476, 422. Next door to the King of Prussia Mall. QSN # 42459

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$210,000

Mary Bell Rd - Fabulous price for Methacton School District. Priced to sell. Good condition. Outdoor patio, lovely yard. QSN # 42461

117 Oaklyn Ave - This rancher in Methacton School District has been lovingly maintained and is ready for you to move in. Full eat in kitchen, dining room and living room. Plenty of closet space. QSN # 42462

4016 Killington Ct - Once you step into this wonderfully upgraded home you will not want to leave. Such thought and professional work completed this 2 story Center Hall Colonial. QSN # 42460

11316 Valley Forge Cir - What views from this END UNIT condo - all of Valley Forge Park. Originally a 3 bedroom - now a 2 with a lovely dining room. Freshly painted. Plenty of storage. 24 hour security. QSN # 42463


Open Market Listing Service™ Royersford

LifeandHomes.com Wildwood Crest

128 S 3rd Ave

$109,900

$567,500 6409 New Jersey Avenue

2 Bedrooms / 1.0 Baths

5 Unit Complex - Great Investment!

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42469

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42530

Jay Peterman • 215-361-5965

Colleen Wilson • 609-522-4400

Prudential Fox & Roach - Blue Bell

Blue Ocean Realty

Associate Broker • Jgprealtor@aol.com

Schwenksville

Broker Associate • colleen-wilson@comcast.net

Wildwood Crest

108 Game Farm Road

$349,900

$169,000 6306 New Jersey Avenue, Unit #4

3 Bedrooms / 2.0 Baths

1 Bedrooms / 1.0 Baths

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42381

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42541

Donna Marie Godfrey • 610-489-5900

Colleen Wilson • 609-522-4400

RE/MAX Achievers, Inc.

Blue Ocean Realty

Associate Broker • dgodfrey@ptd.net

Broker Associate • colleen-wilson@comcast.net

Wildwood

$764,900 121-125 W 25th Avenue

Wildwood Crest

6 Unit Complex - Income Opportunity

1 Bedrooms / 1.0 Baths

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42529

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42542

Colleen Wilson • 609-522-4400

Colleen Wilson • 609-522-4400

$148,900 404 E Denver Avenue, Unit #301

Blue Ocean Realty

Blue Ocean Realty

Broker Associate • colleen-wilson@comcast.net

Broker Associate • colleen-wilson@comcast.net

Wildwood

$209,900 132 W Roberts Avenue, Unit #3

Wildwood Crest

2 Bedrooms / 2.0 Baths

1 Bedrooms / 1.0 Baths

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42537

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42540

Colleen Wilson • 609-522-4400

Colleen Wilson • 609-522-4400

$189,000 6306 New Jersey Avenue, Unit #3

Blue Ocean Realty

Blue Ocean Realty

Broker Associate • colleen-wilson@comcast.net

Wildwood

Broker Associate • colleen-wilson@comcast.net

Wildwood Crest

5206 Lake Road, Unit D

$399,900

$239,000 6306 New Jersey Avenue, Unit #1

3 Bedrooms / 2.0 Baths

2 Bedrooms / 1.0 Baths

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42534

For more details visit www.LifeandHomes.com Type in Quick Search #42539

Colleen Wilson • 609-522-4400

Colleen Wilson • 609-522-4400

Blue Ocean Realty

Blue Ocean Realty

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Things may be looking up, but the economy remains sluggish. That reality, coupled with tight lending and home resale uncertainty, is driving consumers to prioritize home improvements based not just on immediate need, but also on potential appeal to future buyers. For the most part, it is best to make useful improvements that will appeal to a wide range of buyers down the road, say experts. Proceeding cautiously, homeowners are therefore thinking twice before undertaking major projects. When they do decide to remodel, they are sticking with smaller, tried-and-true improvements like adding a bathroom. Bathroom additions are a wise renovation option, according to Remodeling magazine's 20092010 Cost vs. Value Report. An added bath can be expected to recoup just less than 60 percent of its cost at resale.

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Cost-effective solution Fortunately, creating a new bath need not be costly - especially in spaces that lack belowfloor drainage; that is, where a bathroom does not currently exist, such as a basement, an attic, a garage or even a bedroom closet. In these situations, many plumbers recommend installing macerating, above-floor plumbing. "With a macerating, or up-flush, toilet, there is no need to break up the floor to install drainage lines," says Al Warren, a licensed plumbing contractor for more than 30 years and owner of Warren Brothers Mechanical Contractors in Stafford Springs, Conn. Warren uses Saniflo brand macerating plumbing systems. "This technology," he continues, "makes it possible 20

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to inexpensively install a brand new bathroom in any room in the house, including the basement." Up-flush technology isn't new, having been invented a half-century ago, but its application is growing rapidly. These systems pump waste and water from toilets and sinks upward through small-diameter piping that transfers the waste to the sewer or septic tank. Unlike sewage ejectors, up-flush systems evacuate waste immediately through this piping, rather than storing it in a holding tank. William and Jane Sprague from Annapolis, Md., wanted a bathroom in their basement family room, but they didn't want the high cost and expense of digging up the concrete floor to create drainage. In addition, space for the proposed bathroom was limited. Up flush plumbing saved the Spragues money and simplified their half-bath remodeling project. "We've had a lot of compliments" on the new bathroom, says Jane Sprague. "It's very small, but I love it. It's worked out perfect for us."

Multi-generational households Bathroom additions remain extremely popular, and with the increase in extended-family households, what could be more important to personal convenience and privacy than adding a bathroom? Recent U.S. Census data showed that a record 49 million Americans now live in multi-generational households. That rising trend will likely impact future buying needs, so

savvy homeowners are making strategic improvements now. When it comes to bath additions, Saniflo up-flush systems can help. "Time and again, clients ask me for advice and guidance to update their bathrooms without breaking the bank," says April Bettinger, owner of Nip Tuck Remodeling in Woodinville, Wash. "They are happy to have recommendations for products that will hold up well, provide a useful life and look nice at the same time," she says.

Appealing to future buyers Here are some additional tips for making the most of your bathroom-remodeling investment, whether you are creating a new space or upgrading an existing one: * Choose neutral colors that make decorating easy. * Install a pedestal sink and a recessed medicine cabinet to reduce crowding in small baths. * Install grab bars in the shower and around the tub. Position them so that small children as well as adults can easily reach them. * Choose child-friendly rounded edges for vanity tops. Learn more about low-cost above-floor bathroom systems by visiting www.saniflo.com or calling (800) 571-8191. (ARA)


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